The first step is to arrange a meeting, ideally in your own home, to give Edward the opportunity to view the location for the furniture and discuss your personal style, taste and of course your requirements. The intention at this stage is not to create a definitive design but rather to gain a sense of the feel, function and style as a basis for the design. Edward will also discuss your budget, and once he has had a little time to consider your project in more depth he will give you an indication of the cost of comparable projects.
If it is not convenient or practical to meet in your home, Edward will welcome you at his workshop in Bosham or indeed even discuss the project over the phone and via email. In both these cases, we would ask you to provide some photographs of the room where your commission will be located.
Following the initial meeting, and once you have decided to proceed, we ask for a deposit of £600 to begin the designing process.
Edward will begin to work on the development of your design based on ideas discussed at your meeting. This will be in the form of mood boards, which typically contain a mix of sketches, photos, samples and colour schemes. At this stage, designs are kept loose and fluid to capture the general concept of the piece, whilst keeping the design open to further discussion and development. The mood boards will then be presented to you for your consideration and feedback before progressing to the next stage.
With the direction of the design now established, Edward will begin to work on an in-depth proposal, and refine the design. We like to present the next stage of the design to you in our workshop in Bosham, where further hand drawn and AutoCAD production plans will be produced and presented to you – alongside an accurate guide price, material samples, and on occasion, physical models and prototypes. This also gives you the opportunity to visit our workshop and studio environment and gain a deeper understanding of our craft.
After approval and agreement on all aspects of the design, a fixed quotation and full payment schedule will be drawn up (please see Pricing & Budgeting below).
Next, we schedule your design for production in our workshop. At each stage we will keep you fully up to date with your project, and where possible, send you workshop photographs of your furniture in progress. We will always work closely with you and keep you informed every step of the way.